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An interactive history of Wal-Mart and Atascadero: The 11-year saga

The Walmart property near the intersection of Del Rio Road and El Camino Real is on the market almost two years after the retail chain announced it would not be building a store in Atascadero.
The Walmart property near the intersection of Del Rio Road and El Camino Real is on the market almost two years after the retail chain announced it would not be building a store in Atascadero. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

After years of controversial debate, Wal-Mart has backed out of building a store in Atascadero.

Wal-Mart announced Feb. 10, 2017, that it has canceled plans to construct about 123,000 square feet of building space and a 6,500-square-foot garden center at the southeast corner of the intersection at El Camino Real and Del Rio Road — a surprise move that unravels a decade of planning and debate and kills a major source of expected tax revenue for the city.

Here’s a look at the on-again, off-again project that faced protests and litigation for about 11 years, until Wal-Mart itself canceled its plans, citing a changing market and the increased demand for online shopping.

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